Ryan Braun was back to his best Sunday against the Miami Marlins. The Brewers star missed much of last season with a PED scandal, and has returned to the middle of the lineup this season.
Vastly considered the hardest leg of the cycle, Braun hit an RBI triple to deep left center field, to plate Jean Segura.
He also hit two singles and a double, but no homer. In the first inning he sent a ball over the head of Marlins right fielder, Mike Stanton for an easy, stand-up double. Braun then hit a hard liner over the jumping Adeiny Hechavarria, into left field, in the fourth inning to leave himself just the homer shy of the cycle.
Although Braun wasn’t able to complete the cycle, he did add an infield single in the seventh. A hard hit ball bounced off the mound, and second baseman Derek Dietrich wasn’t able to throw to first in time. Braun spoke to MLB.com after the game.